Volume 96, Issue 76
Thursday, February 13, 2003

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Poznansky pots provincial prize

Mark J. Poznansky, president and scientific director of Robarts Research Institute at Western, was recently honoured with the Order of Ontario.

Among a possible 600 candidates, Poznansky found himself among the 24 elites – including Wayne Gretzky's father, Walter – to receive the honour at Queen's Park on Feb. 5, from James Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Poznansky said he learned of his selection by letter. He was very pleased, especially realizing he had been nominated by fellow scientists in his field, he added.

Robarts strives to improve the discoveries and practical commercialization of medical innovations that will enhance the future of our society, Poznansky said.

He has authored over 75 publications and his laboratories have generated three international patents concerning immobilized enzymes.

–Des Stutchbury



Pick new VP, then suck up


A selection committee is being put together to select Western's new VP-administration and a student is needed to sit on that committee.

"The student has to be comfortable working with members of the senior administration like [Western President Paul] Davenport," said Dave Vaillancourt, vice chair of the Caucus on Student Governance. "There will also be deans and faculty members sitting on this committee, so we need someone who won't feel intimidated."

Vaillancourt said applicants do not necessarily need any prerequisites, but it would be beneficial if they are familiar with university governments.

"[Responsibilities] would include spending a lot of time in September interviewing candidates for VP-administration and attending meetings," Vaillancourt said, adding some work will be done, both before and during the summer.

Those interested are asked to e-mail usc.governance@uwo.ca by 4 p.m. today.

–Jillian Van Acker

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